The Emotional Rollercoaster

One day you decided to get onto a roller coaster.

You willingly took a seat and as the rails closed down onto your lap you anxiously wondered what the ride was going to be like. It began as most roller coasters do. A slow steep uphill climb. Eventually it pauses at its peak, long enough to let you relax before plummeting into highs, lows, sharp turns and full circles. You eventually return to the beginning expecting that you’ll just step right off. But for some reason you stay on. Nobody is keeping you there. Before you have a second chance to exit, you’re off again to repeat the same climb, same highs, familiar lows, head jarring turns and stomach turning circles. It is still quite fun, but you would prefer to be doing something else.

Again you return to the beginning expecting this will be the time you get off. You don’t. You repeat the ride a third time. A fourth. Even a fifth. You no longer feel as though you can get off. There seems to be too much riding on the next loop. You know you can leave. No-one is stopping you. But you’ve been on this rollercoaster for so long that you don’t know what it might be like if you chose to get off.

After countless rides you, again return to the  start. You see there is a queue building with others wanting to get on. There isn’t much space because most, like yourself have remained. The lever is pulled and you are now free to leave the rollercoaster once more. It’s clear that you are welcome back at anytime, even if you do leave. What do you do?